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FutureNow – Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Inc brings together industry leaders, training organisations and action groups to make recommendations to government regarding workforce development strategies for Western Australia. Working across the creative and leisure industries, FutureNow facilitates the continual improvement of workforce skills to drive productivity and deliver a competitive edge for Western Australian companies now and into the future.
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As the leader in brokering the provision of best practice workforce development solutions for the creative and leisure industries in Western Australia, FutureNow will influence and enhance its industries' future competitiveness and productivity by ensuring businesses and people have the right skills, in the right place at the right time.
FutureNow has a membership base of industry representatives and is run by a Board of Management. The Board of Management has representatives from employers, unions and peak industry associations from its range of industry sectors. Additionally FutureNow works in partnership with national skills councils who are responsible for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of quality nationally recognised training products and services including training packages.
There are three overarching core functions of the Training Council:
Leadership role in promoting training to industry, including partnerships between industry and the training sector
Supporting innovation and workforce development
Provide forward looking advice to State and Commonwealth Governments on training needs and priorities for public funding.
The core functions of Training Councils as outlined in the Review of Industry Training Advisory Arrangements in Western Australia and determined through the service agreement between the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Training Council are:
Leadership role in promoting training to industry, including partnershis between industry and the training sector
Keep industry advised of training developments in their industry including: AQTF changes; training packages; national policy
- Identify and develop innovative approaches to industry skill development
- Promote industry take-up of training, including promoting new training initiatives from the Department
- Build relationships and broker training solutions for industry with Registered Training Organisations
- Provide leadership in driving change in industry training arrangements that support industry advancement
- Facilitate industry input to the development and review of Training Packages and curriculum
- Target Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to promote part-time apprenticeship arrangements
- Identify and promote existing worker traineeship opportunities
- Work collaboratively with industry, the Department and the national Industry Skills Councils to increase the uptake of existing worker, and higher level traineeship opportunities
- Work collaboratively with industry, the Department and enterprises to identify the opportunities for work based training, in particular where higher level VET qualifications may apply
- Keep industry advised of training developments in their industry, including new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, and part-time and school-based apprenticeship arrangements